I have taken something from you. If you want it, come and find me.Lost and Found OCT is an Original Character Tournament on Deviantart. It is set in a remote mountain hotel, the home to a legendary shapeshifter known only as The Thief. He is said to be able to steal anything, be it a physical object, a person, or even something intangible like a memory. This enigma has taken something from each of the competitors, and challenged them to try and get their possessions back by winning a fighting tournament against his other victims. How far will they go?
This OCT provides examples of:
Affably Evil: Mama is a serial killer, and has offed innumerable people in the two years since she initially started her spree. But she's too gosh darned cute and friendly to hate!
At least until she freaks out and brutally bashes Fizz's head in during Round 4, and the Thief steals her capacity for kindness toward others.
All Deaths Final: Though the Thief can steal away mortal wounds before a character actually dies from them, if the character in question does die he can't resurrect them. It is implied in Mama's final round entry that he tried to steal from Death once, and the nick in his ear was a warning shot from the Grim Reaper that the Thief needed to clear off.
The Alliance: Fenix is trying to create one out of the Thief's victims.
Artificial Limbs: Aureus has a mechanical left hand, as well as Shade with two mechanical paws.
Ascended Extra: Mr. Inconsistent, the one-eyed wolf, was originally created as a desk clerk in Gar's audition. He has since been adopted into more or less everyone's continuity, and has been seen doing tasks ranging from makeshift nurse to cook and everything in between.
You could also make a case for several of the corvids in various entries.
Ascended Fanon: It was never mentioned anywhere officially that the Thief spoke in rhyme. By the end of the auditions, however, it had become so commonplace in competitor canon that it ascended into official canon when the Round 1 Lead-In was given in rhyme.
Attempted Rape: It was implied that Dal was trying to do this in Allony's flashback/nightmare in her first round. Then, of course, Cherr appeared and violently interrupted the albino.
The ever polite, patient Aureus reveals in the final round that even he can be pushed too far.
Aureus: You and the Thief want us to see the folly of our ways, is that it? The "folly" of trying to live with some regard for anyone other then yourself? You wanted chaos, well here it is!
Big Eater: The only logical explanation as to how Allony ate a loaf of cheese-filled bread the same size as her.
Big Fancy Castle: Artistic license has lead to a few of the competitors making the location of the tournament one of these. Despite the fact that the story page specifically says the Thief's hideout is a meager hotel.
In Hunter and Kishan's Round Two it even spawned an armada of ships at one point.
Blow You Away: Cecilia uses wind to fuel her incredible running ability.
Blue and Orange Morality: Expressed by the Thief in Mama's round four entry. He evidently has reasons that are perfectly logical to him for the things he does. They are just kind of weird for anyone that isn't an immortal supernatural being to grasp.
Break the Cutie: Done to Mekuro by the Thief at the start of round 4, to get him to stop motivating the stolen characters to try escaping.
Broomstick Quarterstaff: In the fight against Mama, Sylvester breaks an umbrella off of one of the tables near the pool and uses it as an improvised staff.
Call Back: The round teaser for Tayan vs. Mama, which references the vase Tayan broke in Round One. The one that killed his opponent.
Cerebus Syndrome: As the tournament progresses, rounds grow progressively darker.
Cheshire Cat Grin: The Thief has a permanent, spiral tipped one on no matter what form he shapeshifts into.
Child Soldiers: Adam was one of these before his miraculous escape, and subsequent age up by the Thief.
Clever Crows: Corvids in general are something of a motif for the overall storyline. The Thief regularly transforms into magpie, crow, and raven forms, and he also keeps a number of corvidae as pets and messengers.
Sar (who has the power of telekinesis) is even turned into one after losing Round Two, thanks to Mama's wish to remove the tasmanian devil from existence. The Thief just gave her a new one.
Vincent also suffered from these due to the spirits of his brother and mother trying to remind him of his real personality.
Cute Little Fangs: Terotail has one fang always showing. It only serves to enhance his preexisting adorableness.
The Dead Have Names: Tayan's Round Two entry featured a list of everyone who had been killed in the tournament so far, and by who. So far the total death count includes Hazel, Avonna, Rin, Chyro, Prime, Shade, Fox, Maikeru, Arundel, Fizz, Gar, Calcifer, and Aleks. Santiago is on the list but is in fact alive.
The list, titled Memento Mori, has been generally adopted into the overall canon.
Demoted to Extra: TORE is mostly a background character for the duration of his first round comic.
The same can be said of Balloon in Alistair and Hazel's round one, who doesn't show up at all and is only referenced when the Thief transforms into her.
Depending on the Writer: It is often difficult to keep other people's characters consistent, especially in early rounds where they don't have much development to speak of.
DePower: Vincent's telepathic mapping ability is taken from him after he is defeated by Tayan in Round Two.
Despair Event Horizon: One is artificially imposed on Mekuro when the Thief steals his capacity for hope. Given the craptastic life he has led and his current dire circumstances, this leaves him practically a vegetable unable to do anything but sob as he gradually goes insane from despair.
Evil Smells Bad: The Thief's breath smells of "sour milk and despair" apparently.
Exact Words: Paul asked for Codie to "guess my name." He was using Rhel's mouth at the time, but it was not Rhel speaking. So both Rhel and Rhelta were technically the wrong answer.
Eye Scream: Mama accidentally puts out both of Sylvester's eyes with her quills in Round One.
After a significant amount of Character Development, she puts out her own eyes in the final round, partially as penance for what happened to Sylvester.
The Eyes Have It: Often a clue to the audience that the Thief is spooking about.
Facial Markings: Spiritual foxes like Tohjo have face markings related to the element they can harness.
Fantastic Racism: It is something of a plot point in Nelly's entries that quadrupedal creatures are discriminated against by bipeds for supposedly being lower on the evolutionary chain. This is why Nelly walks upright, despite the damage it does to her back given that her physiology is more suited to walking on all fours.
This has since been adopted more generally into the overall canon.
Arundel and the NPC corgi chef are the two most racist characters toward quads. In an interesting reversal, Yucca is rather wary of anthros. Which only makes it more hilarious when she keeps getting paired with them.
Fetch Quest: The Thief is fond of subjecting Fizz to these. In round two he was tasked with finding a single ringing phone in a room full of phones. In round three Fizz had to search for an unidentified object belonging to the Thief that had been misplaced in the mist realm.
Fish Out of Temporal Water: Aeja and Aureus are both from the past; the former a medieval setting, and the later from the 1800s. Although it is somewhat unclear exactly what time period the story takes place it, the general consensus is that it is sometime close to the present day.
Forbidden Friendship: Many people see Gar's loyalty to his vampire master as this, given the propensity of vampires to kill people and Gar's unfailingly sweet nature.
Forgot About His Powers: Somewhat literally with Sahmir, who has lost his inherent djinn powers thanks to the Theif taking his memory of how to use them.
Freak Out!: Mama suffers one near the end of Round 4 when she thinks she is trapped in a tomb. When she is finally let out, the results are... not pretty.
Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: Nelly is forced into a state of utter calm for most of round two, to the point that she isn't even really bothered by being ordered to kill Gar. At least until it's reversed later.
Give Me Back My Wallet: Cecilia catches Roberts making off with her wallet in the audition and promptly calls him on it.
Greater Need Than Mine: Occasionally a character will convince their opponent to forfeit because one of the objects they are trying to recover is clearly more valuable then the other. This is how Aleks defeated Da Vinci.
However, it is subverted more often then played straight. Even in cases where it is blatantly obvious to a character that pursuing their own rather menial stolen object means the death of someone else or the loss of their loved one, they will refuse to back down. Lampshaded in Mama's round four entry where it was noted that anyone who made it all the way to round four was probably not going to be willing to surrender, so discussing what each of them had lost was moot.
Gut Feeling: The other contestants sure get suspicious of the kind, motherly figure who only wants what's best for them.
Intrepid Reporter: Nelly goes right into the heart of the Thief's lair to get her scoop on him.
And also to get back her ability to refuse a command. Because Ella Enchanted syndrome kind of sucks.
Invisible to Normals: Sahmir, being a djinn, exists only on the spiritual plane and can only be percieved by Arundel, who he is magically linked to, and those with a connection to the spirit world.
The same applies to anyone trapped in the Thief's fog dimension. They can see people on the outside, but those people can't see or hear them.
Subverted in Mama's case because the jay guardian makes it possible for her to do so.
It Amused Me: Why the Thief takes things, at least according to some competitors.
I See Dead People: Felix Denton, who is accosted by the soul of a cat killed during the Black Plague. Also Hunter, although his blindness means he can only actually hear dead people rather than physically seeing them.
I Will Find You: Several of the competitors are trying to reclaim stolen loved ones.
Karma Houdini: The Thief in Mama's version of the final round. Somewhat justified in that there really isn't a lot the competitors can do to bring retribution to a being that is basically a demi-god. Possibly subverted in Aureus' version of the final, where the Thief is apparently killed. However there is some implication at the end that he may be down, but not out.
Killer Rabbit: Terotail, "Go ahead and let me go. And as soon as you do, I won't hesitate to rip your throat out."
Kitsune: Dolly is on a quest to get back her stick from the Thief, and hopes to earn her nine tails in the process.
Just Toying with Them: The Thief pulls this in Mama's version of the final round, agreeing to let Mama and Aureus tag team against him with the promise that he will not use any of his abilities except for his shapeshifting, and to beat him they need only shed a drop of his blood. He still pretty much dominates the fight.
Language of Magic: Koona is the only remaining being of her kind with the ability to cast magical spells (though she only knows one by heart).
Manipulative Bastard: The Thief is remarkably good at this, pushing just the right buttons to get what he wants out of the competitors, often without them even realizing that they're being manipulated.
Marked Change: When Lily uses her powers, her entire body is covered in black swirled markings.
Mauve Shirt: Barnabas the badger from Tayan's audition.
Maybe Ever After: According to the artist description of her final page, the author of Aureus ships him with the NPC character Rose, though evidence in the page itself is vague enough that it could be interpreted simply as them developing a friendship based on similar backstories.
Merciful Minion: Occasionally the corvids turn out to be this, notably when one tries to help Umbra in round one, and when the Jay agrees to let Mama talk to those trapped in the mist world if she wins round 4.
Mind Probe: In some interpretations the Thief does this to steal the emotions and memories from his victims.
Mind Rape: Tayan is capable of this if he can keep eye contact with the victim.
Minion with an F in Evil: Melancholia was created by a horrible moster explicitly for the purpose of getting back his creator's stolen object. He would rather make friends.
Mixand Match Critters: Hazel, Subir, Eigani, and Foxface were all inspired by combinations of known animals.
Mood-Swinger: Avonna. Exactly why is unknown, but she is stated to have brain damage.
Morphic Resonance: The Thief has several minor features that are consistent no matter what form he takes on, and make him quickly identifiable both to the audience and a particularly astute character. His eyes are always black-rimmed white, his mouth is fixed in a spiral smile, he has a notch in his left ear, and he wears a bell that does not jingle.
In some individual interpretations he also keeps the same color scheme in all of his forms, presumably to make him even more obvious at a quick glance.
Motor Mouth: Balloon does not know the meaning of "concise."
Mugging the Monster: A few competitors tried to steal from the Thief. Yeah, it went about as well as it sounds.
No Eye in Magic: Tayan the deer can cast nightmare illusions on anyone who looks into his eyes. Cue his bafflement when the trick doesn't work on Vincent, who is physically blind but still able to functionally "see" thanks to aura sensing.
No Social Skills: Having spent her entire life as a slave, Rhelta is unsurprisingly not the best at the whole interacting with other people thing. Luckily she has a mind controlling spider to take over her body and socialize for her when necessary.
Ominous Fog: Mama gets trapped in a strange, foggy dimension for a while during her audition.
One Steve Limit: There's two characters named Hunter. And to make things more confusing, they're both bats. Blind bats. Fortunately, that's about as far as the similarities go.
There were two Lucky's as well.
Only Friend: Del to Sahmir before her respect for him was stolen. The stress of the relationship downgrade is wearing Sahmir pretty thin.
Only Known by Their Nickname: Fizz, who is an intergalactic immigrant and prefers for people not to know his real name. Candle has long since forgotten his real name, and goes by a moniker he assigned himself. Also Mama, Spirit, Familiar, and arguably Codie.
Power Nullifier: Both Rhelta and Dylan have one. However, where Rhelta is fighting to get hers removed so she can regain her magic, Dylan is fighting to get his back because it contains his demonic side and thus preserves his sanity.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: In an odd twist, we get a very empassioned one from the Thief in Mama's round 4 entry. In it he explains why he does what he does, and why he is so willing, if not eager, to steal from mortals and play with their lives.
Rhymes on a Dime: The joke that the Thief speaks in rhyme is gaining popularity.
It has become official canon as of Round 1's Lead-In.
Rich Bitch: Tohjo is a male example. He had a life of privledge and luxury because he was born an elemental fox, and he's a condescending asshole to anyone he sees as inferior to him- and he sees pretty much everyone as inferior to him.
Royal Rapier: Aureus employs one of these as his primary combat weapon.
Running Gag: It became very common for auditioners to create gift art for others in the form of head shots. Very rarely were the whole bodies ever drawn. The explanation? Decapitation.
The H___EL (instead of Hotel)
Tea and table flipping (or table destruction) at the deadlines.
Sadistic Choice: In round four Fenix is given the choice of killing his opponent, or preventing Mekuro from ever getting his sense of hope back. (Without his sense of hope, Mekuro would almost certainly waste away from despair before Fenix could win his freedom in the tournament.)
The Scapegoat: The Thief claims that the competitors are using him as one for their own misdeeds throughout the tournament, arguing that while he did steal from them, ultimately the deaths and injuries during the rounds were entirely on them.
Scenery Porn: What the Round Four prompt gives competitors the opportunity to do.
Also Kayzu, who can shift back and forth between anthro and quad form.
Balthezar can shift freely between wolf and horse form.
Familiar can take on any form it wants, being an amorphous pile of goo.
Kishan, Rin, and Sahmir all used to have this power, but lost it one way or another.
Shell-Shocked Veteran: Norri, who has frequent flashbacks to the horrific things she witnessed as a soldier in war.
Shock and Awe: Avonna can throw weak lightening bolts from her hands. Subir has green lightening that he fires from his horn.
Small Annoying Creature: Capuli occasionally drifts into this territory given Yucca's antisocial personality. However, his boundless good nature usually makes him easier for her to tolerate.
Smart Ball: Though never shown to be especially smart in the past, Umbra is able to deduce not only that Mama is a killer, but also that what was stolen from her was her murderous motivation. The only impetus for this revelation was a brief look in Mama's eye.
Smug Smiler: You'd almost want to smack that grin off of the Thief's face if it wasn't permanent.
Sociopathic Soldier: Someone in the army Norri was serving with during the war killed a child. Because he was there.
Round one: Locking people in or out of the hotel and forcing them to fight.
Round two: Forcing them to fight and steal something from their opponent.
Round three: Inviting all of them to a black tie dinner party.
Round four: Giving them keys to rooms that hold portions of his collection.
Round five: Being rewarded with the stolen victim of a previously defeated competitor.
The Speechless: Aphari's voice was stolen by the Thief. Naturally she doesn't do much talking.
Sparkplug, who cannot verbally speak. He communicates via flashing his abdomen.
Spit Take: Finn's reaction to finding out they are locked in the hotel.
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The gardener NPCs and various stolen friends in TORE's round one. They had dominant focus in the entry up until page eighteen, when the actual opponent character Fenix finally puts in an appearence. The main character himself does not show up until page twenty-four.
Urban Legends: Some continuities regard the Thief in this manner.
Unstoppable Rage: In Aureus' version of the final, the Mist Jay flies into a frenzy upon being thwarted, even ignoring the orders of the Thief in its madness.
Villain Protagonist: Motthew, Terotail, and Roberts are all criminals. They are also general assholes. They are also the protagonists of their respective arcs. Then there are Vincent, Aeja, and Mama, who all kill people.
Wandering Minstrel: Haydn and Cozzolani were performing musicians until the Thief stole Haydn's singing voice.